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The Future of American High-Tech Manufacturing: Gummy Bears?

Sweets & Snacks Expo As Biggest Chocolate Market Gets a Taste of Ruby With U.S. Launch
Photographer: Taylor Glascock/Bloomberg

Hey y’all, it’s Austin. The future of American manufacturing may not rely on ultra-flat-screen TVs, robotic coffee baristas or even electric vehicles. It might just depend on gummy bears.

Last week, Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group teased a major update to its government-subsidized Wisconsin factory. The project has come under fire for years over inexplicable delays and opaque changes. The world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer said Wisconsin could be the home of its future electric-car plant, which would give the Badger State a manufacturing foothold in the hot automotive market.